Call Us: (803) 777-0092

Testimonials

 

 

I feel because of the SCPITC Program, we as a team are able to more quickly identify the needs of the children in our classrooms. I am so pleased that the teachers are feeling great about what they have learned and are truly implementing the Program for Infant and Toddler care policies learned. Parents new and old can see a difference in their children’s behavior and the teacher’s teaching skills. The teachers themselves are happy and stress-free, because they seek advice from each other concerning what was learned. This was time well spent. SCPITC—“hats off” to you!”

- Dianne Joel
Director
La Petite Academy, Columbia, SC

The thing I liked most about SCPITC was that the program answered a lot of my questions and also helped me to embrace lap feeding. It took me a little while to adjust to this, but I overcame it. I find that this has allowed me to fulfill the needs of babies in my care. The program also helped me to allow babies to try and do things on their own, instead of me always doing it for them.”

- Pamela Weatherford
Infant Teacher
Sunshine House, North Charleston, SC

Words seem inadequate when trying to tell you how very blessed we have been to receive the training that SCPITC has given us over this past year. I have seen growth in the staff after each training session. They work hard to implement the teachings and discuss ideas that work and those that do not. It challenges them to think things through to see where we can make changes that will enhance our program. We are working together to obtain a common goal and that is … providing the best care for the children and families that we serve. Our mission statement includes that at NorthStar Child Development Center, ‘We are making a difference, one child at a time.’ With the help of SCPITC, I know we are and will continue doing just that. Thank you again for all the valuable training and resources. And Michele, you are the best!”

- A’Nita Pedersen
Director
NorthStar Child Development Center, Columbia, SC

Participating in the SCPITC classes has truly been a rewarding experience. I have learned to focus on the theory of child care and beyond just the practical aspect while working and caring for young children, the importance of knowing and understanding the developmental domains as a caregiver and how to apply them to every child. Our infant room has changed in many ways, from improved professional childcare services to improved environment changes thanks to SCPITC.”

- Loretta Johnson
Infant Teacher
Children’s World St. Andrews, Columbia, SC

I have worked in childcare for over 20 years. My husband and I have seven children between the two of us, with our youngest children being a 3-year-old and a 5-month-old. Before SCPITC, I thought I knew everything there was to know about caring for children. Boy was I wrong. Not only has the program helped me grow professionally, but it has also totally changed the way I parent my own children. SCPITC has provided me with helpful and useful knowledge, such as the Six Essential Policies and the very informative Infant and Toddler Guidelines. I feel that now, with what I have learned through this program, I am able to provide more responsive care and meet the needs of the children much more easily. I have learned how to complement these skills at home and in the classroom. I now have a better understanding of children’s behaviors, how their environment affects them and also how to deal with them appropriately according to their own temperaments and my own. I am very lucky and grateful to have been offered this wonderful opportunity to participate in SCPITC and strongly suggest to others in the childcare industry to embrace the opportunity. As for my teaching, this will always be a work in progress and I will learn new things every day, thanks to the program. I feel every pre-K teacher can and will benefit the same way if given these tools. I enjoyed the program very much.”

- Jennifer Lopez
Twos’ Teacher
Sunshine House, North Charleston, SC

I have learned to be more patient with the infants…I guess you can say I see it more from their little eyes what they see. I have learned to let the children be more involved instead of me doing it for them. SCPITC has made me a better teacher and caregiver to the babies in my room.”

- LaJoi Anderson
Infant Teacher
Care-A-Lot Daycare, Sumter, SC

SCPITC has helped me a lot, but what helped me the most was having the teacher meetings with Michele. The teacher meetings were a great way for me to give an update on how the toddler classroom was going and to tell how I was implementing what I learned from the trainings to the classroom. I also liked the teacher meetings because I was able to ask questions about certain issues I had with my classroom. Overall, working with SCPITC has given me a wealth of information to help improve the toddler classroom.”

- Tiffiney Miles
Toddler Teacher
NorthStar Child Development Center, Columbia, SC

SCPITC has been a great learning experience for me and my co-workers. The training that has had the most impact for me was learning about and understanding that there are different temperament traits for each infant and toddler. By knowing this, I am able to understand infant and toddler behaviors more effectively.”

- Gwen Brown
Infant Teacher
Sunshine House, North Charleston, SC

The thing I liked most about our Infant Toddler Specialist is that she was an awesome teacher. She taught me so many helpful things and a variety of ways to set up my class so that everything could be at the babies’ eye level. I have made so many changes in my room since the SCPITC program and it has benefited our infant program… The progress and accomplishments that I have made in the infant class as a result of the SCPITC are that my children have more outdoor play and tummy time than before. I also allow them to make the majority of their decisions…. I am observing the children, documenting my observations, their likes and dislikes. Then I implement what the kids like into my lesson plan.”

- Toshia Bells
Infant Teacher
La Petite Academy, Columbia, SC

Participating in the SCPITC classes has truly been a rewarding experience for me. I have learned many great assets that I will incorporate in my teaching and classroom management. One of the most important topics for me that we covered was children’s behaviors. This class helped me better understand children’s temperament traits. Thank you, SCPITC, for giving me this opportunity to continue to improve myself as a teacher and a leader.”

- Kathy Hagen
Assistant Director
Sunshine House, North Charleston, SC

This has definitely been a learning experience for me! SCPITC has really enabled me to become a better teacher and caregiver. Out of the Six Essential Policies, my favorites are Primary Care, Small Groups and Individualized Care. Learning about these essentials made me realize even more about the importance of forming bonds with the children. Having small groups and implementing primary care allows you to provide care more effectively and efficiently.”

- ReJoyce Armstrong
Toddler Teacher
NorthStar Child Development Center, Columbia, SC

I have learned many things from SCPITC. The 6 Essential Policies are Primary Care, Individualized Care, Small Groups, Cultural Continuity, Continuity of Care and Inclusion of Children with Special Needs. From there we learned about room arrangements and the 6 domains of development which are: Physical Health, Emotional Development, Social Development, Motor Development, Cognitive Development, and Language and Communication Development. The most important topic we talked about was children’s behavior. It helped me better understand all children’s temperament traits. From the fearful child to the flexible child and don’t forget everyone’s favorite-the feisty child. I have also learned that whenever you are talking to a young child to get down on their eye level and speak to them in a positive voice. Thank you SCPITC for giving me this chance to better myself as a teacher. It has been a great learning experience.””

- Angela Davis
Toddler Teacher
Children’s World St. Andrews, Columbia, SC

Being a participant in SCPITC has made me a better twos’ teacher. It has also taught me that the early experiences that our children receive last a lifetime. Children deserve the same respect as adults. Having knowledge of their stages of development helped me relate, interact and respond to their needs more appropriately. Thank you to the SCPITC. I will apply all that I have learned directly to the children in my care.”

- Deborah Walker
Twos’ Teacher
Sunshine House, North Charleston, SC

I learned how to be a little more patient with the learning capabilities of children in general. As do adults, all children learn and grow at different rates. We as early care and education providers must learn to devote ourselves to the needs of each child and teach them accordingly. Using the PARS (Program Assessment Rating Scale) to evaluate situations within the classroom was really informative. The scenarios that were used put a perspective on the children’s behavior, as well as the way we as providers and educators behave and react to situations….SCPITC also helped us learn how to document objectively and not subjectively. Often when we document something we put our feelings into the statement and not exactly what we see. All in all, I hope to take all the information that I’ve learned in this program and incorporate them into my teaching so that I can be a better teacher and mold our future generation into GREATNESS.”

- Althea Tucker
Assistant Director
La Petite, Columbia, SC

The most valuable part of this program to me was having a better understanding of children’s temperament traits along with how to use the PARS system to evaluate certain situations. Overall, I have learned the importance of providing individualized care for each and every child under my care.”

- Denise Gethers
Twos’ Teacher
Sunshine House, North Charleston, SC

“During the time that I’ve been enrolled in the SCPITC training, I’ve learned a whole lot of new, important information. The main essential policy that really helped me understand the majority of the kids is Individualized Care. It really helped me to realize that they’re not spoiled, not just wanting all the attention, but that they’re just all different and have their own personalities. I’ve taken my time to really make sure I’m giving my kids that special attention and that they feel wanted and loved. I can tell a difference in my tone, my expressions on my face and my overall appearance. Thanks so much to Michele for coming to NSCDC to give us this great lesson.”

- Shona Green
Twos’ Teacher
NorthStar Child Development Center, Columbia, SC

SCPITC has helped me to embrace lap feeding for young babies. Lap feeding allows me to have a connection and bond that is similar to bottle feeding. The babies focus more on eating, are more calm, and seem to feel secure and enjoy the connection too.”

- Joanna Tomaszewski
Infant Teacher
The Sunshine House, Greenville, SC

Being in the childcare industry for well over 25 years, I have seen first-hand how far we have come in the knowledge of early brain development. But with all that research, we still need to be reminded of the simple things that spark a child’s thought process. SCPITC training touches so much on what is important in the development of children. Adults all too often get caught up in meeting the routine needs of children, especially infants and toddlers. We need to remember the very important part — understanding the individual temperaments. Through SCPITC, a lot of training is given on understanding. Infants are not born as “blank slates” and we have to connect with their temperaments to guide and develop these temperament traits. Temperament traits are our responsibility as professionals to develop into healthy social skills on childrens’ journey to having healthy relationships and self-esteem.”

- Tammy Carrigg
Director
Sunshine House, North Charleston, SC

Continuity of Care provides a safe, loving, and trusting environment for children to grow and learn. Because of SCPITC and Continuity of Care, my babies cry less, are more comfortable to explore our new room, and I am less stressed because I know the babies well and understand their nonverbal cues. It means that you don’t have to say goodbye because a child had a birthday.”

- Michelle Smith
Toddler Tecaher
The Sunshine House, Easley, SC

From April 2012 to February 2013, I can honestly say SCPITC has helped me to become a better caregiver for infants. The class has taught me that each child is different and has different needs. I have also learned to be more patient when dealing with children. I would like to thank Cindy Esposito for all she has done to help me be a better caregiver.”

- Shala Johnson
Infant II Teacher
Sunshine House, North Charleston, SC

Recent Posts

Contact Information

SCPITC Network
Kerrie L. Schnake, Director
USC CDRC SC PITC Network
1530 Wheat Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Website: http://www.scpitc.org
Tel: (803) 777-0092
Email: SCPITC@mailbox.sc.edu